Seed/Nut identification

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Seed/Nut identification

Post by BobHelm » November 20, 2015, 12:07 pm

I have been out & about in rural & relaxing Issan for a couple of days.
I was introduced to this strange object.
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I guess it was about 2 inches from end to end.
Not unsurprisingly, the locals called it buffalo, or ควาย.
That has made it extremely difficult to find out any more about it on the web & I wonder if anyone has any more details about it or a better name so I can do some searching.
When cracked open the centre contains a Brazil Nut sized seed or nut - I have no idea which but it did seem a little like a nut in consistency & taste. It was nothing like as good as a Brazil Nut in taste but still pretty fine compared to some of the other stuff I ate.. :D

I was told that it only grows in large volumes of still water (like a lake) & that is still very popular with the older generation, but that it is not nearly so desirable (except as an oddity) by youngsters.
But, that was only what I gathered & I could have all of that completely wrong!!! :D



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Post by BobHelm » November 20, 2015, 12:21 pm

Wow, thanks for that Jack.
Looks like all I was told was true. :D

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Post by parrot » November 20, 2015, 12:23 pm

They're a variety of water chestnut.......floating water chestnut. You see them sold on the side of the road, although not so much nowadays.

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Post by waanjai » November 20, 2015, 12:26 pm

They sell them during the Winter times along the roads that radially leave Udon. 20 Baht for about 10. I like them and heard only the same info as You did.
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Post by parrot » November 20, 2015, 12:30 pm

If for sale on the side of the road, there's usually a sign.......กระจับ grajap.......although, be careful, someone might be selling jock straps on the side of the road.

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Post by Aardvark » November 20, 2015, 5:06 pm

Anti Cancer properties .... good find =D>

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